HVX200 Indie Shoot

The title was supposed to say “first feature shot with Panasonic HVX200. It would appear, however, that the movie in question is not a feature. It’s more like a short – Samaritan‘s script was barely 20 pages.

Panasonic HVX200HVX200 was used throughout the production. Judging by the photos, the accessories for HVX200 were standard stuff like tripods and monitors. Matte boxes and filters for HVX200 seem to be popular with aspiring filmmakers as well.

The flip-out LCD was used to check the zebra and the status of the P2 chips. Focus and exposure, however, were double-checked by using a HD monitor.

Producer Ethan Marten: Even the most gripping script and best planning will amount to little if the final product doesn’t look the part. When it came to the format and technology the Star Circle team would use, they had an ace up their sleeve. The new AG-HVX-200 HD camera by Panasonic is the first of its kind in the world. There’s a lot to love: DVC PRO HD recording format; P2 solid state recording media; handheld form factor; Varicam capabilities which mirror those of cameras in the $70,000 and up price range.”

Here’s an indie producer who’s learned his lesson well. This techie interview will probably get him more exposure (at least in indie circles) than all the PR about the movie itself.

3 thoughts on “HVX200 Indie Shoot

  1. Ethan E. Marten

    Hello Kraz. I am enjoying your site. I have seen a great deal of debate over the length of “Samaritan.” We are just movie makers wanting to create and needing to get the word out like everyone else. I’m puzzled by the controversy regarding the movie’s length. The first reference to Samaritan in the digitalfilmmaker.com story that started it all clearly refers to it as a “micro-feature.”

    (From digitalfilmmaker.com)

    The Digital Filmmaker: Star Circle Pictures based in Virginia Beach, Virginia has just wrapped production on a micro feature called “Samaritan,” the third venture for Star Circle, which represents the next chapter in the firm’s evolution. The project was shot for the express purpose of demonstrating the company’s belief in “cost efficiency, faster production flow and good quality.”
    (End quote)

    Has Star Circle Pictures pioneered a new phrase as well? I don’t think so, but it is clear, Star Circle never referred to “Samaritan” as a full length feature. Hopefully, that will help mitigate if not stop the misapprehension.

    You made an astute observation:
    “Here’s an indie producer who’s learned his lesson well. This techie interview will probably get him more exposure (at least in indie circles) than all the PR about the movie itself.”

    Though Digital Filmmaker is doing a follow up story on the movie — the hard news for their audience was the completion of the first movie to use the Panasonic AG-HVX200. We believe movies need an audience. Something movie makers need to understand is that in order to obtain that audience, they need to be aware your movie exists. On many levels it is very difficult for an artist to “market” his/her work. Some find the marketing aspect distasteful. You believe everyone should understand that you’re a serious artist who has put blood, sweat and tears into making it, and that should be enough. To a certain degree, this is understandable, but it’s not a healthy attitude for the life of your motion picture. Some just know how to make the movie, and hope sheer love and passion for the project might rub off on others. I am so proud of my team and its efforts, and am willing to find the angles that will bring my movies to light and thereby light up screens. It is more important to us – the independent movie making community – when we have launched and even completed a picture. Not as much so for your own local media, much less a national media. To them, we’re one of maybe 1,500 indies a year. To top it off, unless you come from a major market or at least out of state – the fact that you’re a local is usually a hindrance to getting serious coverage. Don’t fight this. Understand it, and work with it. If you’re talking to the Digital Filmmaker and other national media forums – understand what that editor knows his core audience is first and foremost interested in. If you’re talking to your local media – understand what makes your story news to them, too. Knowing the seven criteria for news will help each movie maker get the word out on his or her film as much as the movie itself. I’m not a proponent of this reality — just a realist. Here they are, courtesy of Jack Driscoll: Timeliness, Importance, High General Interest to Reader, Relevance, Involves Public’s Right to Know, Involves Public’s Need to Know, Whether Story Informs, Educates, Guides or Entertains Reader.

    Best of Luck to all our Movie Making Family. May your efforts be rewarding and rewarded.

    Ethan E. Marten
    Samaritan Producer

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  3. Rick Idak

    Greetings all
    After 25 years shooting in super 8 and mostly super 16 film.I
    too have purchased this camera.
    I have shot a few shorts and a feature previously on mini DV and DV Cam.But this is the first digital camera I have bought.

    I recently shot a short film or should I say (Digital Movie).
    called “Sarahs Jihad”.A story about 2 teenage girls,one a rich Anglo Saxon and the other a poor Muslim girl set post 9/11 and after the race riots in Sydney Australia . The 2 girls’paths cross.

    The hardest thing with this camera is learning the menu and how to download to a hardrive.The resolution was very good for a camera of this price range.

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